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Higher Education Market Panel discussion


Dinner meeting, TUESDAY, April 8th, 2014


Location: Ivy Tech Community College's Corporate College at 2820 N. Meridian.

                         (The former Stouffer's Hotel)

Theme: Building Owner Experiences

Time:     5:30 PM – Social Hour, there is no Tech Sesion

               6:00 PM - Dinner Served

               6:30 PM – Open Panel Discussion

Cost:     $ 25 per person, Includes dinner, Students are free.

 Meeting Location:

The former Stouffer's Hotel at 2820 N. Meridian St


Meeting Program

We are planning to have a panel made up with representatives from the four following Universities to take part in an open discussion:

  • Indiana University
  • Indiana State University
  • Purdue University
  • Ball State University

Our speakers are as follows:

Jeff Kaden, who is the University Engineer and Director of Engineering Services for Indiana University and IU's seven campuses. Jeff graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1979.

Bryan S. Duncan who is the Director of Capital Planning and Improvements at Indiana State University. Bryan oversees all facilities planning, design, construction for the 4 million square foot, 200 acre campus. In this capacity he directs, organizes, and schedules the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of the new and existing buildings and other public facilities at the University. 

Bob Olson is the senior director of the Physical Facilities at Purdue University. His experiences working with small construction companies, large industrial firms and the U.S. departments of Defense and Energy give him the diverse background necessary for such an all-encompassing position.

Jim Lowe is the Director of Engineering and Construction Operations at Ball State University


Each representative will present on any initiatives or programs the University is implementing or something they wish to highlight about their Universities.  This would be a prepared talk that would be approximately 12 minutes long. After each person talks, the floor will be opened for questions.  Our plan is to have 5 pre-determined questions that we would ask the panel. 

Questions would include but not be limited to:

  • Do you believe LEED is here to stay?  When projects are being developed is LEED an important issue discussed?
  • Does BIM Modeling bring value to the University long term?
  • Do you feel pressured to try new systems?


Our thanks to R.E.Dimond and Associates, Inc. Consulting Engineers for sponsoring this meeting

Reservations due by Friday April 4th :

Space is limited so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Option-1: Website registration – Go to set up your login name and password then go to the event calendar, just below the top banner. Go to the month of the meeting and follow the easy steps to register for the meeting. You can also prepay with your credit card or Paypal account.

Option-2: E-mail or call Kris Stewart: 317-577-8326, stating your name, company, the number of reservations required, and your phone number.



The March 11th meeting we had a great tech session from Tony Rossi with Greenheck Fan Corporation.  Giving the audience a better understanding of fan efficiency grades, fan efficiencies and how to properly select the best fan for any application.  Thanks to Tony for taking the time to speak to us this month.  In addition, we would like to thank Colby Equipment for sponsoring our March meeting.

Our meeting program had Eric Broemel, PE and Matt Mabrey, Facilities Construction Project Manager for Hoosier Energy discussing the new Hoosier Energy Headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana.  They did a great job of explaining the process that was used for selecting the overall design of this new building, including life cycle cost analysis and energy modeling results that were used to evaluate the project.  Lastly, they gave an interesting look into how close this building is to net zero energy use and explored some scenarios of what it would take to get this building to net zero energy use.  Thank you to both Eric and Matt for providing their time and insight on this project.

Next month's meeting will be on Tuesday, April 8th so mark your calendars.  We will have a dinner meeting at Ivy Tech Community College's Coporate College at 2820 N. Meridian.  We will have a higher education owner panel consisting of key representatives from Purdue University, Indiana University, Ball State University and Indiana State University to discuss some of the initiatives and/or highlights that their respective institutions are implementing.  Then we'll have a Q & A session with some pre-determined questions and hopefully some time left at the end for more discussion.

Please read the newsletter for additional information and visit the website  As a reminder, all meeting attendees will receive PDH's for Indiana's required continuing education credits for professional engineers.  Finally, I would like to thank RE Dimond for sponsoring the April ASHRAE meeting and supporting the local chapter.  If you have any questions or comments please give me a call at 317-255-8777 or e-mail at, or visit our website at


Brad Auger

Telephone 317-255-8777



































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